Thanksgiving’s Early Arrival

Rain was due in today.

So I headed to Wychmere Harbor, in between errands for Thanksgiving Day.


All was quiet.


It was as if everyone was poised, just waiting for the first raindrops to fall.


And by the time I had pulled in up the road at Herring River, they were.

But that didn’t phase this pair of Buffleheads, not one little bit.


Like little rubber duckies they dove, and within moments bobbled back up; seeming quite content in one another’s company.

And as I heard the sound of the raindrops falling on the roof of my car, pitter-patter-pat, and watched them as they fell all around the ducks in the water…


All I could think of was how I wouldn’t rather have spent the day before Thanksgiving Eve in any other way.


Thanksgiving gratitude, had come early.  ❤

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Cormorant for Assistant Shellfish Constable – Chatham, Cape Cod

I was down at Mill Landing the other evening and couldn’t help noticing that someone was perched out on the No Shellfishing sign.

As I got a bit closer I could see that it was a very handsome Cormorant.


Our newest candidate for the Assistant Shellfish Constable position in Chatham!

So said his mate, Mrs. C, who was swimming nearby.


And today was the day the camera crew was coming to get some press pics of the new candidate.

Yet I couldn’t help noticing that Mr. C was having quite the dilemma…

Oh dear, oh dear. Which do you think is my best side, he asked. The right...


Or the left?


I hated to spoil all the fun, but I finally had to bring myself to mention to his mate one very important detail about the job as Assistant Shellfish Constable.

I explained to Mrs. C that if her husband actually got the new job, he’d have to give up his very favorite shellfish delicacy, juicy crayfish.


Straightaway Mrs. C swam out to tell her mate the news.

He did not take it well.


When I left the Landing I had no idea how things had been left.

All I can say is, you’d better stay tuned!  😉

Surprised by the Moon

I love a full moon. Watching it ripen into fullness as it slowly pulls us all under its magic spell.

But this year with the humid summery heat that has been so stubbornly clinging to our Cape shores, full moon time really snuck up on me and I almost missed my very favorite one of all – Harvest Moon!

When I arrived at Forest Beach it was clear that everyone was eagerly anticipating the moon’s rise as the sun slowly began its descent.

moon-harvest-sept2016-1-blogThis charming whimbrel informed me that he had postponed his migratory departure just so he could be here for the lunar display.

moon-harvest-sept2016-4-blogThe snowies and cormorants had gathered in the shallows at Mill Landing. They had the best seat in the house by far.

moon-harvest-sept2016-3-blogMeanwhile the setting sun welcomed the moon with a palette of pinky-blue-orange light along the horizon…

moon-harvest-sept2016-5-blogAs the beach grass along the dunes whispered its gentle, rustling harmony.

moon-harvest-sept2016-6-blogAlmost before we knew it, there it was! Peeping up above the horizon like a big gold and red beach ball.

moon-harvest-sept2016-7-blogYou could see the setting sun reflected in the windows of the buildings as the sun exited the stage waving “Goodnight!” to its celestial companion.

moon-harvest-sept2016-8-blogA lonely sailboat tipped its mast to the moon as it rocked slowly back and forth on the darkening waves.

moon-harvest-sept2016-9-blogWhen I turned for a moment to look in the direction of the sunset I noticed a solitary fisherman on the near jettie, celebrating the moment as he cast his line again and again.

moon-harvest-sept2016-10-blogmoon-harvest-sept2016-12-blogTurning for home I felt so rich. Rich in beauty and filled with an old, familiar excitement for the coming quiet of autumn here on the Cape.

And so relieved that I hadn’t missed one of the very best Harvest Moons ever!

moon-harvest-sept2016-13-blogThank you for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

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Surprise Packages

My walks each day feel like surprise packages.

When I set out, camera in hand, I have no idea what I am going to see as I walk along.

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Or who

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What might inspire me…

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Or make me giggle…

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What might fill me with a calm…

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Or amaze me with its splendor in the smallest of packages.

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What I do know is that when I wake up I look forward to my walks, each and every day.

The beauty that I see here on Cape Cod fills me with a peace I cannot even begin to describe.

Even in the most ordinary of moments, there is a light and a feel to this place that I have never found anywhere else.

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I hope you have enjoyed some of the images that made today’s walk special for me.

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And thank you for letting me share them with you!

Sally